Marsh Civic Volunteer Award

2015 - Gillian Postill

Gillian Postill volunteers with the Marple Civic Society and her achievements this year have been built on what was a very strong application last year. Her success with the society can be said to be even more impressive as it has been achieved on several major fronts.

Gillian was successful in convincing all parties involved to change position about the siting of a local supermarket outside the town centre, thus ensuring that the businesses in the town centre didn’t suffer. She persuaded the local authority, the educational facility, the local politicians, the conservation officer, town centre shopkeepers and shoppers and a host of local people to stand up for their own town centre. Gillian also used her considerable networking and people skills to aid a Heritage Lottery Fund application to excavate the remains of Mellor Mill, a huge water-powered cotton mill built between 1790 and 1792 and in its time the biggest building of its kind in the North West. She was also influential in making the bid more wholesome by including the local Lime Kilns. With this inclusion, the profile of the application was lifted and eventually successful.

Gillian intends to use her award to help continue and develop the work of the Marple Civic Society, with this ongoing project and new ones in the future. Membership of the society is steadily increasing and this can only mean a bright future for Marple itself as the society continues to work for the good of the town.

Pictured above: Gillian giving a tour of the Lime Kilns (top), the Marple community out in force to protect their town centre (bottom)


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